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Our columnist Bob Patterson was under the assumption this week's photo shoot in Venice Beach at the edge of Los Angeles was to be entirely devoted to documenting location details of an old Orson Wells film of which he is fond. Your editor does not much care for the film noted below and found other things there to photograph, but Bob has his vision of what and what should not be covered on this site, so here's what he has to say, with supporting photographs from the editor.

Touch of Evil 


The opening sequence of Orson Well’s film Touch of Evil, takes the audience on a cinematic tour of Venice California that is still admired by student film makers and studied by historians fascinated by the area's past.  The camera travels through an area that has changed considerably since it was filmed, but a trip to that area of Los Angeles by members of the Just Above Sunset staff seemed like a worthy endeavor.


Orson Wells 1958 film Touch of Evil tells the story of events that transpire in a Texas border town.  Viewers of the film, who are familiar with the Venice area of Los Angeles, will notice that the on location work showing the Texas town was filmed in the area just South of Santa Monica.


Members of the Just Above Sunset editorial staff braved the rigors of a California Winter last week, contending with the eighty-four degree weather and relentless sunshine, to record images of the remaining buildings that served as stand-ins for typical Texas architecture almost fifty years ago.


Other films have also used Venice as a backdrop going back as far a Charlie Chaplain comedy that used a real life sporting event as a background for Chaplain’s shenanigans.


Author and Venice historian, Jeffrey Stanton, has published books of area history and maintains an online comprehensive list of movies that have been filmed in or around Venice.



Text Copyright 2006 - Robert Patterson

All Photos, Copyright 2006 – Alan M. Pavlik, Just Above Sunset


Venice Beach in Wells' "Touch of Evil"

Venice Beach in Wells' "Touch of Evil"

Venice Beach in Wells' "Touch of Evil"

Venice Beach in Wells' "Touch of Evil"

Venice Beach years after Wells' "Touch of Evil"

Here's a real touch of evil (Tattoo Asylum) …

Venice Beach in Wells' "Touch of Evil"


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These were shot with a Nikon D70 – lens AF-5 Nikor 18-70mm 1:35-4.5G ED

They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.



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